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TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-12: Improving Apple Factory Conditions and App Store Discovery

1:30 PM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's latest Supplier Responsibility Progress report is out, and the company is making a big push to end factory worker recruitment fees and bonded labor practices. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on Apple's efforts to improve factory working conditions and labor practices, plus they have a few things to say about Apple teaming up with Pinterest to improve the App Store discovery process.

Apple Turns to Pinterest for Easier App Discovery

11:22 AM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iPhone and iPad App Store is little more than a bag of hurt for app discovery, which led to sites like Applr as an alternative way to find the apps you want. Now Apple is trying a new approach at easier app discovery by teaming up with Pinterest.

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Apple needs to find ways to make app discovery more useful because right now searching the App Store is an exercise in frustration. Hopefully the Pinterest partnership will help ease that pain.

Apple Cracks Down on Bonded Labor Practices in iPhone Factories

10:34 AM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is taking a strong stance against factory workers being forced to pay for the privilege of getting a job. In the iPhone and iPad maker's latest Supplier Responsibility Progress report, the company says employees working in factories that make its products cannot be forced into bonded labor or paying recruitment fees.

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Overcoming social and cultural situations where exploiting workers is accepting is no small task. It's great to see Apple working to improve working conditions, and that the company is being so open about its efforts.

Want to Unlock Your iPhone? There’s a Law for That

9:32 AM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Thanks to an FCC requirement that went into effect yesterday, cell service providers must now offer a clear way for customers to unlock their smartphones. That means it'll be easier unlock your iPhone for use on other carrier networks, but there are some strings attached.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-11: Apple’s Environmental Push and Car Plans

1:31 PM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's push to be an environmentally friendly corporation got a boost with the announcement that it is investing US$848 million in a California solar array farm. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to be a green company and how that impacts investors and customers, plus they have something to say about Apple getting into the car business.

Target Bows Out of Streaming Video Market

11:40 AM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Target's 18 month old streaming video service Target Ticket is shutting down after failing to gain any traction against Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. Target Ticket was the retailer's effort to slice out a piece of the streaming video market for itself, but instead it became a lesson in just how hard it is to compete in a space where consumers already have options they're heavily invested in.

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Wait. Target had a streaming video service?

Apple Doubles Down on the Environment with $848M Solar Farm

9:59 AM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and First Solar are teaming up to build a 2,900 acre solar farm in Monterey County in California. Apple is committing US$848 million to the project, which will produce enough power for all of the company's operations in the state with plenty left over to sell to Pacific Gas & Electric for homes and other businesses.

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Apple's investment in the California Flats Solar Project not only benefits the company, but also the community as a whole because the solar farm will produce far more power than the iPhone and iPad maker needs. The rest of that energy goes to PG&E as green electricity, which—hopefully—will reduce environmental damage.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-10: Cybersecurity Summit, Samsung’s Failure in Japan

1:25 PM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

U.S. government officials and tech industry executives are meeting this week for a cybersecurity summit, and Apple CEO Tim Cook will be there. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they see as the big issues that'll be on the table and what that may mean for our personal privacy, plus they take a look at the news that Samsung may abandon Japan's smartphone market.

Samsung Ready to Ditch Japan’s Smartphone Market over iPhone’s Success

11:32 AM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung's smartphone marketshare in Japan is so low the company is considering pulling out of the market to avoid ongoing losses. The company's Japanese smartphone marketshare came to only 4 percent at the end of 2014 compared to Apple's 30 percent thanks to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus's popularity.

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Samsung is in 6th place for smartphone sales in Japan, and doesn't seem to be improving. Seems they're serving up a healthy dose of schadenfreude.